my jewelry has been published in Bead Trends Magazine!
This is the photo of my "Pink Champagne" necklace currently featured in this month's (July) issue of Bead Trends. I scanned it, so please forgive the blurriness. I designed the necklace with Swarovski Components from Artbeads, and it was part of Artbeads "Design Partner" blogging too.
I fell in love with the Rose Silver Filigree Flower! It is set with genuine rose Austrian crystals.To make it really stand out, I made a wire design with Argentium Silver wire using my wig jig and my hammer & anvil.
This is the 2nd photo in the magazine. I wanted to use a special clasp, so I made the "S" clasp with my wig jig too. That thing really comes in handy! And I have to say....not too shabby for my first try at making an "S" clasp. ;) I wrapped tiny glass seed beads to one side of it to give it some bling.
Here is another view of my necklace. It is listed in my my etsy shop, and if you want to learn more about it, just click on any of the photos.
I have to say that I'm SO thankful to Bead Trends for choosing to feature my jewelry. When my brother Robert, God rest his soul, and I would go grocery shopping, we would always take some time afterwards to check out the magazine section. Being new to jewelry making back then, of course I always grabbed the first beading magazine I found. I would "ohhh" and "ahhh" over all the gorgeous jewelry pieces (still do), and Robert would always say, "Sis, your jewelry should be in those magazines." I would shrug my shoulders and tell him "I don't know about that, but maybe one day bro...." He would nod his head and tell me "you will be." I wish he was here to see me now and to see that it's happened three times so far. He would know that he was right, and I'd like to think he would be proud of his lil sis. If it's meant to be, I'll be looking forward to a fourth publication.
If you want to submit your creations to Bead Trends, check out their "Submissions" page. They have a call out right now for January 2011, and the creations are not just limited to jewelry. They also have submissions for cards and scrapbooking with their "Scrapbook Trends" magazine. So, why not give it a shot? You never know until you try!
"Thanks for reading & Happy Creating!"